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Letter From the Editor

With these “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” coming to a close, many will get down to business or begin a new path as a new school year begins. I hope you all had a chance to take a break, go on an adventure, or just spend some time basking in the beautiful weather.

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In Sync- the Belles of the Pool

She stands poised at the edge of the pool, her hair tied in a knot on her head and a smile spread across her face. The music begins and she dives into the cool water, ready to begin her routine. At 73 years old, Lorraine Moodie is in a class all her own as a Master swimmer with the Lethbridge Synchrobelles Synchronized Swimming Club (LSSSC).

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Not-So-Simple Sarah

At 15 years old, Sarah Johnson appears to be your average teenager. She is lively and determined, seasoned with a hint of rebel. As a competitive horseback rider, and Grade 10 student at École La Vérendrye, Sarah isn’t one to shy away from a challenge.

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In Honour of Reconciliation Week 2019

Truth and reconciliation is a phrase that may be familiar to many, yet few of us have a fully formed understanding of what it really means. It is a large and complex topic with many deep and difficult realities that individuals, businesses, governments and communities across Canada have been trying to comprehend in recent years. When subject matter is this complex, it is often hard to fully grasp let alone find ways to engage with it meaningfully.

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Economic Development Lethbridge receives $1.68M in STEM Funding

Just this past summer, Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion announced, Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) will receive $1.68M in funding over the next three years for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) training, mentoring and other entrepreneurial support programs through its Tecconnect location.

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Passing the Torch: Meet our new Fire and Emergency Services Chief Marc Rathwell

Fighting fires and saving lives isn’t anything new to Marc Rathwell. No longer the Deputy Chief of Fire and Emergency Services, Rathwell has risen to the rank of Chief, upon the retirement of former Fire Chief Richard Hildebrand.

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Lethbridge, Brighter Together: The story and meaning behind the shiny new logo

You may have seen it; you may not have. You might have been involved in workshops and focus groups to help with its creation, or a you might be a new resident to our community and are wondering what the little pinwheel in the top right corner represents. No matter your age, ethnicity, gender or job title, we all have one thing in common…we’re all part of this community.

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Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner we wanted to share with you, our lovely readers, our Top 10 scary movies you should watch this season. (DISCLAIMER: half will be family friendly and the other half is for when the kids go to bed). And take you on a tour of some events you can look forward to in our spooky city.

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#YQLNEIGHBOURS- Jason Trotter

Jason Trotter of Coal City Design is a Southern Alberta born and raised artist who draws inspiration from nature as well as from history. He uses his background in residential and commercial construction to inspire the canvases he works with.

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Living Cuisine – Fresh and Local: A taste of the extraordinary at the Lethbridge Farmers’ Market

It’s Saturday morning. You wake up early, get dressed and head out. You want to beat the traffic and find a good parking stall after all. You pull up to Exhibition Park and see all the excited people eager to get in to buy some fresh vegetables, go for a wander around, or even just to experience some local cuisine.

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Slough Chew Revue

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By the Bridge

Many will be returning or thinking of returning to school, university or college during the next while. I remember my first day of college after being out of high school for over 13 years.

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By the Bridge

Summer was always my most favourite season when I was a child, and probably still is due to being able to do so much outdoors where I love to be. I remember spending all summer long exploring everything from the butterflies in the field, ants on the sidewalk to the water bugs in our slough. We swam and fished in the irrigation canals and ponds and at times dodged a floaty passing by. The cows in the pasture were given a block of salt to lick on and I remember a time or two trying out the salt lick myself. I don’t think it had the same health benefits for me as it did for the cows, but I lived.

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Letter from the Editor

With sunny skies and a warm forecast ahead, the outdoors is calling.

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The Trail to Local Growth

Mountain biking has surged in popularity in recent years and many communities have taken advantage of this as an opportunity to boost local tourism.

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Caribbean Carnival

For many, summer is a time for celebration. We celebrate the passing of the seasons and welcome warmer weather.

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Stitch it Forward

The brilliant author Maya Angelou once stated "I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back."

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Pure Power, Pure Thrill

It's six o'clock on Saturday night and already there's a lineup from the doors stretching halfway down the block.

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#YQLNEIGHBOURS Don Robb

Don is the founding board member and past president of the Lethbridge Jazz Society. He maintains a busy schedule as a trumpet player with the Bridge Bass Quintet, the Lethbridge Symphony, and many musical theatre productions.

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Spreading Kindness

"Be kind. Love yourself. Encourage others. Foster community."

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Slough Chew Revue

Eric Dyck visits the Yakitori-ya Japanese Grill.

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Living Cuisine: I Spy

It's a windy day in Lethbridge, which isn't unlike most others. But from atop the Water Tower Grill, it feels like I could almost spread my arms and take flight.

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Letter from the Editor

I think it’s safe to say we’ve had enough of winter. I hope this issue finds us past the days of frost and frozen fingers; that the sub-zero temperatures have subsided in favor of warm, golden sunrises, and bursts of nature have sprung forth across the wintry landscape. And if not, hang in there.

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Slough Chew Revue

Eric Dyck visit's Pure North Market

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Living Cuisine - Where Are They Now?

In this busy world, it’s a rare treasure to maintain all that life commands of us. Between building a career to nurturing a family to keeping active in hobby pursuits sometimes, without intention, friendships tend to fall by the wayside. Not so for a local gourmet club, whose commitment and joy of cooking worldwide cuisines, has kept their bond strong for the past 40 years.

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Good Times to be had at Lethbridge’s Newest Comedy Club

“Laughter is the best medicine.” We’ve all heard that a time or two, and quite often I find it to be true. Whether you’ve had a miserable day and need some cheering up, or you just want to have a hearty belly laugh, a few giggles can lighten your spirit or get you back on the right track. Lethbridge now has a place dedicated to looking at the funny side of life.

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#YQLNEIGHBOURS Danielle Tait

Danielle is a Business Development Manager with a local bank, an alumnus of the University of Lethbridge and co-founder of GirlGang Kindness. She says her previous 10 years working with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery fostered a deep love for our community, for non-profit work and volunteerism.

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More Than a Comic Shop: Building Community Beyond the Pages

With national Free Comic Book Day coming up on May 4th, I wanted to talk to a few local comic book stores that are participating in the event. In Lethbridge there are four comic book stores - Showcase Comics and Hobbies, Kapow Comics, Treasure Chest, and Pirates Cove. I met with Dylan Purcell, manager from Showcase Comics and Hobbies, and Wallie Desruisseaux, owner of Kapow Comics, to talk about the history of Free Comic Book Day and how each of their stores plans to celebrate in the event.

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What Exactly is a “MRF”? Lethbridge Living takes a tour of the Materials Recovery Facility

Growing up, I always found a certain fascination by accompanying my dad to the dump. At six years old, it seemed to be a land of lost possibilities, where things that were once loved went to perish. While I was taught to “reduce, reuse, recycle”, the concept of regular recycling hadn’t quite caught hold yet in the early 80s.

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Finding Strength Within

Life doesn’t always unfold the way we hope it will. For Amanda Cimon it’s taken many twists and turns. As a survivor of sexual assault and human trafficking, she is learning to love herself again and giving back to those who were always there to help.

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Preserving Blackfoot History: 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Since 1959, the UN has identified international years in order to focus on important issues and encourage action.

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Not your average Caddyshack Golfers and marmots coexist at Lethbridge Country Club

When I first heard that we had a colony of marmots living at the Lethbridge Country Club, I was immediately reminded of the movie Caddyshack, and my first thought was that they probably wouldn’t last long. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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“Rejuvenation”

Sipping coffee while absentmindedly looking out the window at the snow-covered mountains may not seem like the best use of my time. Due to my hectic schedule, this is the most rejuvenating and reinvigorating activity I can do for my mental health.

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From the Editor

Welcome to the January-March 2019 issue of Lethbridge Living. With every New Year comes the excitement of starting something new. Whether it’s a new lifestyle goal or a new career move, the possibilities appear most enticing and fresh come January 1. That’s how I feel about Lethbridge Living.

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Get Ready to Rock: World Men's Curling Championship

The best curlers on the planet will arrive in Lethbridge as we host the 2019 Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship from March 30 –April 7. The World Curling Federation and Curling Canada announced last year that Lethbridge was successful in its hosting bid, making this the third opportunity in seven yearsto see world champions crowned in our city.

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100 Kids Who Care: Small humans making a big difference

For what these pint-sized philanthropists lack in height, they make up for in heart. Tara Black and Olivia Oosterbroek are the masterminds behind the local chapter of 100 Kids Who Care.

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Thank You Lethbridge! For 25 years of sharing your stories with our community

From the very beginning, Lethbridge living “had as its foundation the belief that Lethbridge was a more interesting city than a lot of people realized, that there were a lot of interesting people here, doing a lot of interesting things,” according to Rick Gillis, Publisher (Spring 1994-Winter 1996). Those words ring true as we celebrate a quarter century of publication this year.

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Lethbridge Meet Richard Odei-Wontumi

Recent years have seen a lot of change at the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association (SAEA).After almost 18 years as a financial executive with British Airways, Richard Odei-Wontumiwas appointed as the Executive Director on August 1, 2018.

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Where Are They Now? - Stevin Tuchiwsky

No mountain is too high for Stevin Tuchiwsky. Despite facing cancer at a very young age, Stevin has taken the reigns on his life and pledged to live it to the fullest.

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Where Are They Now? - Jodie Gallais

From goat tying to beauty queen to Director of the University Secretariat at the University of Lethbridge, Jodie Gallais has never been one to turn down a challenge. Jodie was featured in the very first issue of Lethbridge Living magazine. In 1994, she was a fresh-faced, 17-year-old, Grade 12 student at Kate Andrews High School, who had just won the Miss Teen Lethbridge competition. It was a different experience for Jodie, who was an active member of the Alberta High School Rodeo Association competing in the goat tying event in rodeos across Alberta.

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#YQLNEIGHBOURS Bramwell (Bram) Strain, City Manager

Last August, Bramwell Strain was appointed as the new City Manager for the City of Lethbridge. He moved to the city from Winnipeg, MB, where he worked most recently in provincial and federal government as a deputy minister and assistant deputy minister handling portfolios such as infrastructure, education and economic development. He’s been married to his university sweetheart Michelle for almost 27 years and they have two daughters, aged 20 and 24. Bram is a live music and wrestling fanatic with a warm personality and a quirky sense of humour.

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12 Things: with Mica Brown

12 Things is a Humour column created by intern Mica Brown. It is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek look at the wonders of living in Lethbridge over the Winter months.

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Living Cuisine: Jeeran 55 Syrian Kitchen

Six months ago, three University of Lethbridge students launched a culinary venture designed to help integrate newcomers into the city and bring the first Syrian cuisine to Lethbridge. What started as a random conversation has since grown to receive a warm welcome from the community.

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Slough Chew

Eric Dyck and guest, Kelaine Devine, visit Tacos Made in Mexico

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Be Heard. Find Help. Begin To Heal: Inside the new Chinook Sexual Assault Centre

I Believe You. Three simple words that bear great impact for a sexual assault survivor. Yet our society still struggles with this, despite the shocking statistics – one in three women or girls and one in six men or boys will face some form of sexual violence in their lifetime.

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Winter Wonderland: Reminiscing the Joy of Wintertime Activities

A column about the joys of Winter by intern Mica Brown.

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By the Bridge with Les Vonkeman

The United Nations has declared 2019 to be the International Year of Indigenous Languages. From the UN website they state that “languages are not only important for communication, education, social integration and development but also aids in a person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memories”.

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From the Publisher

We're thriving & growing. Working Hard. Building together.

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Contributors

These are the people that helped make this last issue of 2018 possible.

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CEC

People working together to make dreams come true.

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Ladybug Arborists

How can we help your trees today?

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#YQL Mission Sidewalk

Tis Better to give than receive...

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Dhillon School of Business

What Mr. Dhillion for the University was astonishing, but how did it impact the students? James Pantangco a graduated Dhillon School of Business student wrote his experience and how far the impact will go.

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Volunteer Lethbridge

Serving the Community of Lethbridge since 1981

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Humane Society of Lethbridge

Humans are not the only ones that benefit from philanthropy and volunteerism.

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Remembering the Last Shot Fired

Mentorship about the last shot fired in WW1.

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Finding Inspiration in the Kootenays

Adventures and finding inspiration in the Kootenays of BC.

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12 Things About Nov–Dec

The reality of November and December in Lethbridge.

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A Tribute

A Tribute story to her inspiring Brother

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#YQL Neighbours - Imogen Pohl

Imogen Pohl University of Lethbridge - Student & VP Academic of ULSU

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National Candy Month

We ate weird and gross stuff so you don’t have to. *Warning: We may have lost our taste buds for a few hours *

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Slough Chew Revue

Visit Namaste Nepali Resturant

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Stuffed Mushrooms

A Vegan and Gluten free recipe. Can be easily modified as you wish.

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Living by the Bridge

Community Giving

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Message from the Publisher

There are so many ways to celebrate marriage. In this special issue Lethbridge Living and the Diamonds Bridal Exhibition Event & Fashion Show collaborate to share stories of love, romance and all that goes int creating that very special day.

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Just Married

Let's go back in time to the wedding of Chelsey's sister, Courtney.

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Shotgun weddings, tying the knot, and a Baptismal Font

Decades ago opportunity knocked, and I answered to become a marriage officiant in a remote area.

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A Labour of Love

For Gerda May, becoming a marriage commissioner was a natural stop on her career path.

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Celebrating Ceremony

"Hey, Hon. I saw this and thought it might interest you."

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Exciting and Humbling

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A Memorable Marriage

Having just moved to Alberta, and with nothing to do, a lady with the vehicle registration peaked my interest in becoming a Civil Marriage Commissioner. In 2001, I applied to Alberta Vital Statistics for a position. The need was there, but the wheels turned slowly. After 5 years applying, I was finally appointed as a commissioner in October 2006. Being a people person, I was very pleased to be in my element.

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CONGRATULATIONS, you've got engaged

Now comes the fun part of planning your big day.

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What's in a WORD?

Weddings rely upon those all-important vows. Weddings are a celebration of the roads we share and so does the word on the street festival right here in Lethbridge.

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The Path Ahead

It all, started with a hike. Well, Perhaps a forced death march, in her words.

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Macleod Love Letters

Love Letters- Simply an expression of love in written form - used to be common as people were separted by distance and often had to rely on the mail to communicate.

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Confessions of a Shutterbug

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#YQLNEIGHBOURS

In the late nineteenth century, lists of questions were a popular diversion designed to discover new things about old friends. Apparently, when Marcel Proust was fourteen years old, his friend Antoinette asked him this lists of questions. This issue we rift on the famous Proust questionnaire to learn more about Whitney Bullock, Owner of The Pink Tie Events. Whitney is an expert at planning local events, decorating weddings and making her clients visions come to life.

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Bavaru Events- A Grand Tradition

Entertaining guests after a wedding ceremony is a grand tradition. The wedding reception allows the newlyweds to receive family and friends, for the first time as a married couple. Hosts provide their choice of food and drink, maybe a little wedding cake. The menu is chosen entirely at the discretion of the hosts. Enter the wedding caterer. Enter Chef Alejandro Davila and his company Bavaru Events and Catering.

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Slough Chow Revue - Mocha Cabana Bistro

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St. Patricks Chruch

There has been a long history of churches in our community and one, The Catholic Church, has been with us since Lethbridge was laid out on the prairie top.

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By The Bridge

Enjoy the Journey...

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Lethbridge Rodeo History

Rodeo has been part of Lethbridge history for the past 114 years, starting in 1904, two years after Raymond’s first Stampede. The 1904 rodeo was staged by Ray Knight, creator of the Raymond event, as part of Lethbridge’s annual fair. It wasn’t the only new event that year. A parade was also held with a contingent of 400 Siksiksitaapi. The 1904 event was held at the 40-acre Queen Victoria Park, the original site of the exhibition. In 1911, the rodeo relocated to the present-day exhibition grounds and it was there in 1918 where the amalgamated Fair and Stampede occurred.

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Glorious & Free - Canada Day Fireworks

Every year, hundreds of people are involved with providing exciting entertainment, delicious food, and great music for our Canada Day celebration at Henderson Lake. For at least 40 years now, the event has taken place there with the fireworks being one of the biggest highlights of the night.

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Whoop-Up Days Parade

Whoop-Up Days Parade is a community event designed to entertain families and visitors in the community. It is the kick-off to Exhibition Park’s annual Whoop-Up Days Family Festival. The full week of festivities start with pancake breakfasts and bar-b-ques street dances and community coming together. Exhibition Park invites all Lethbridge businesses to join in the fun and excitement of Whoop-Up Days in the third week of August 21-25, 201

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Flip Fest

Touring Canada as a musician is no joke. Mind-numbingly long drives between shows, sketchy road stop food, unfamiliar sleeping situations, inevitable interpersonal band drama, and stretched finances are often the costs of getting to be on stage and sharing music with new audiences.

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Girls Rock Camp

Silvana Campus’ drive to be a musician started early. “I was really fortunate,” she says. “My dad was a drummer, so when I wanted to play there wasn’t a second thought.” That early support laid the foundation for Campus to build a musical career spanning two decades, numerous bands, and countless nights of rock and roll.

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Rodeo on Piikani

Rodeo has a long history in Blackfoot Culture. Just ask RCMP Constable Tyrone Potts. “I’ve owned horses all my life. Horses changed my path in life. My home life was difficult. My family had issues. I became addicted to horses and riding.” Tyrone is a direct descendent of Lethbridge folk-hero Jerry Potts. Tyrone acknowledges, “Horses are a big part of our lives as Blackfoot people.”

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London Road Market

London Road Market General Manager Dave Gurr asks, “Can you imagine? Starting a grocery store in the Great Depression? This was the era of food stamps. Nobody had any cash to spend on food.” The Gurr family story of meat cutters and grocers in Lethbridge began 1929.

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Slough Chew Revue - Tropical Cuisine

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Community Event - Bon Odori

Obon is a style of Japanese Buddhist folk dance performed outdoors in a circle around a taiko (drum) on a yagura the raised platform decorated with lanterns. Lethbridge community dancers gather for the the Bon Odori festival in Galt Gardens on July 14. This Japanese cultural tradition is a time to remember and honour those who have passed on, appreciate all that they have done and to recognize the continuation of their influence upon our lives. It is Obon Season in Lethbridge from July 1-July 15.

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Street Wheelers

What gets your engine revving? This year is the 40th anniversary of Street Wheelers. Tyler Stewart introduces us to local fan of the annual event. Whether you’re into watching fast cars rip down the drag, or simply admiring a nicely polished machine, Street Wheelers offers a variety of events for everyone from July 14-17 in locations around Lethbridge. Visit www.streetwheelers.com for full details.

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YQL Neighbours - Brad Brown

After 35 years of coaching, Lethbridge's very own Brad Brown shares how playing football changed his life. The Minor football league season starts August 21. Parents will get all the information they need at lethbridgeminorfootball.org.

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Give your child a head start in STEM!

Destination Exploration, the University of Lethbridge’s leading science outreach program, is once again offering a variety of summer camps for youth ages 5–16. Encouraging an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outside the classroom has been shown to have a positive effect on children’s perception of science and can translate to a lifelong appreciation. As a member of the Destination Exploration team, Humaira Enayetullah brings her enthusiasm for STEM to youth across Southern Alberta. Humaira believes that these science outreach activities are an effective tool in providing the community with a deeper understanding of science and its application in the real world. For more information on Destination Exploration summer camps, please visit: ulethbridge.ca/destination-exploration

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Literary Spotlight The Boy Who Couldn't Die

Lethbridge Living is pleased to present our new Literary Spotlight. Lethbridge has so many talented writers in our community and we pleased to share excepts of their work with the entire community.

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SCAPES - The Hutchings & Sharp Western Clothing

The Hutchings & Sharp Western Clothing business began as the A. E. Easton Company in the fall of 1909. It opened its doors on Round Street today’s 5 Street South between Rylands and Company sand the Hotel Dallas. The president of the company was E. F. Hutchings and A. (Albert) E. Easton was the managing director. The Easton Company manufactured and sold harness and saddlery of all kinds. In 1912, the name was changed to the Alberta Saddlery Company Limited (shown in the image below). They kept this name for another 12 years before it was changed to the name E. M. Carson Saddlery and Leather Goods in 1924. Mr. Robert Hutchings remained as president and E.M. Carson became managing director. Between the years 1936 to 1961, the managing directors changed and a name change to Baird’s Shoe and Leather Goods Limited. This business was sold in 1975 and it became Hutchings & Sharp, with James M. Sharp President and Mildred Aubin as Manager. The business closed in 1985.

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By the Bridge

Lethbridge Living is pleased to present a brand new backpage column "By The Bridge" by Les Vonkeman. In this issue, Les gives us some insight into how memories of rodeo touched his life walking the beat in his day job. The story begins with: The echo of thundering hooves…

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Get Ready to Rock: World Men's Curling Championship

The best curlers on the planet will arrive in Lethbridge as we host the 2019 Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship from March 30 –April 7. The World Curling Federation and Curling Canada announced last year that Lethbridge was successful in its hosting bid, making this the third opportunity in seven yearsto see world champions crowned in our city.

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Slough Chew

Eric Dyck and guest, Kelaine Devine, visit Tacos Made in Mexico

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